No royal ‘is above law’

Updated 05 June 2015

No royal ‘is above law’

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has vowed that his government would have zero tolerance for corruption in the country, and that he and other members of the royal family are not above the law.
“In some countries the kings and heads of state have immunity from prosecution. But here any citizen can file lawsuits against the king, crown prince or other members of the royal family,” said King Salman at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday, during a meeting with anti-corruption officials and activists from the public and private sectors.
King Salman said his father was once sued by a citizen. King Abdul Aziz insisted on letting the law take its course and appeared in court with the plaintiff, where they were treated as equals. The verdict was in favor of the king but he waived his rights. Sheikh Saad bin Atiq was the judge.
He said Allah would reward citizens who point out mistakes made by him, members of the government, or community. The public can lodge complaints face to face, on the telephone or in writing, he said.
King Salman said he considers the rights of citizens “more important” than his own, and that the real defense against corrupt activity was the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet, peace be upon him.
This was the foundation of the country over the years, from the time of Muhammad bin Saud, to Turki bin Abdullah, followed by “my father Abdulaziz, and then to Saud, Faisal, Khaled, Fahd and Abdullah, and the crown princes Sultan and Naif.”
King Salman said the Kingdom was a safe haven for everyone. “Thanks to Allah, our constitution is the Book of Allah, the Sunnah of His Messenger, and the example of the pious Khalifs. Thank God, our country is secure and stable, and any citizen can come address us by our first names, without any honorific title, just as citizens used to address our father,” the king said.
“I tell you, I repeat again that the pride, strength and responsibility of this country lie in the fact that it is the direction in which Muslims across the world pray, and the place where revelation was received by Muhammad (peace be upon him). It came in the Arabic language to an Arab prophet. Therefore we have the greatest responsibility in the entire world,” the king said.
Speaking on the occasion, Khaled Al-Muhaisin, chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha), said: “Since the unification of the Kingdom, the major goal of the founder of the nation, King Abdulaziz, has been to fight corruption.”
Al-Muhaisin said King Abdulaziz sent out a message to citizens that if they do not lodge complaints about officials then it was like sinning against themselves. The founder had placed a complaints box at the gate to Government House and kept the key so that citizens would not fear any repercussions from officials targeted.
Al-Muhaisin said this message currently serves as a guiding light for the Nazaha. He thanked King Salman for supporting the organization’s activities, including efforts to revise regulations that would strengthen its mandate.


Mazen Johar, CEO of KSA's Aircraft Accessories and Components Co.

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Mazen Johar, CEO of KSA's Aircraft Accessories and Components Co.

Mazen Johar was recently appointed CEO of Aircraft Accessories and Components Co. (AACC), a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI).
The board of directors wished Johar success in his new role, and said they hope that he will ensure the success of AACC’s next phase of development, and help achieve the company’s strategic goals, thereby enabling it to play an active role in meeting the aspirations of Saudi Arabia.
Johar began overseeing the company’s operations from July 6, taking over from Dr. Mansour Bineid who had been CEO since March 2016.
Johar has more than 20 years experience of executive leadership and his expertise includes budget management, strategic planning, transportation, logistics, project management, and more.
In addition to his new role, he has been a deputy minister for industrial services at the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources since July 2019 and has served as executive director and CEO of Nova Water, COO of ground handling at Saudia Cargo, and vice president of commercial and support services at Basic Chemical Industry.
He has also held several leadership positions at Procter & Gamble, having spent almost 18 years working for that company in countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey.
Johar holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. He also obtained an Executive MBA from the University of Nottingham in England and attended a global business course at Harvard Business School in the US.